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Thursday, June 7, 2007

Children's Writing Contests

As promised, here is the list of writing contests I have. I will add to this list as I find more contests:
Elementary and Older
Daughter's of the American Revolution
www.dar.org/natsociety Grades 5 - 8 (essay)
Cricket Magazine
www.cricketmag.com AGES 9 - 14 (themed writing and photography)
Spider Magazine
www.cricketmag.com/activity_disply.asp?id=39 Ages 6 - 9 (Story or poem)
Laws of Life Essay Contest
www.lawsoflife.org Grades K - 12 and college (Personal Essay about values)
Library of Congress
www.loc.gov/loc/cfbook/letters.html Grades 4 - 12 (Writes letter to author of book)
NRA
http://www.nradefensefund.org/writingcontest.aspx Grades K - 12 (Essay about how great guns are- LOL!)
Science Fiction Contest
Email for information: contest@bucconeer.worldcon.orgGrades 5 - 12 (Science Fiction)
Newscurrent Cartoon Contest
www.newscurrents.com/intro/edcartoons/carcon2.html Grades K - 12 (Cartoon with Political Bent)

Middle School and Older
Harry Singer Foundation
http://www.singerfoundation.org/Current%20Contests/Essay%20Contests%20206/2006index.htm AGES 13 - 18 (Topical Political Essays)
Vets of Foreign War
http://www.vfw.org/index.cfm?fa=cmty.leveld&did=151Grades 6 - 8 (Essay about democracy - conservative organization)
Scholastic Writing
www.scholastic.com/artandwritingawards Grades 7 - 12 (Many different styles)
Ann Arlys Bowler Poetry Contest
http://www.weeklyreader.com/teachers/read/RDContests Grades 6 - 12 (poetry)
Young Naturalists Award
http://www.amnh.org/nationalcenter/youngnaturalistawards/ Grades 7 - 12 (science related essay)
High School

Guideposts Young Writers
www.guideposts.com/young_writers_contest.asp Grades 11 - 12 (Faith based personal story)
Answers in Genesis
http://www.answersingenesis.org/cec/research-paper-challenge/ Grades 9 - 12 (Research Paper)
Sons of the American Revolution
http://www.sar.org/youth/knight.html Grades 11 - 12 (Essay about American Revolution)
National Federation of Press Women
http://www.nfpw.org/competitions.htm#highschoolcommunicationscompetition Grades 9 - 12 (Journalistic writing - most likely a liberal organization)
MS Scholarship
www.parentsinc.org/finaid/aid6233.html Grades 10 - 12 through college (Essay about Multiple Sclerosis)
Voice of Democracy
http://www.vfw.org/index.cfm?fa=cmty.leveld&did=150 Grades 10 - 12 (Audio reading of personal essay on freedom)
United States Institute of Peace
http://www.usip.org/ed/npec/index.html Grades 9 - 12 (Essay on Peace and Security)

I'm not certain that all of these contests accept homeschoolers, or hold all of our beliefs - I ommitted the ones that did not support family values. Please comment with any other writing contests you know of.

2 comments:

alyssa said...

I absolutely love to write novels. I have two unpublished right now. Their names are:
Angels Wings and A Girl named Olive. Iff you know any good publishers please tell me. I'm only 13 years old.

Elizabeth Fox said...

More Writing Contests for Homeschoolers...

My 11-year-old daughter has created a website devoted to listing writing contests open to homeschoolers.

www.homeschoolwriters.com

It has several dozen free contests for kids ages 5-19, listed in chart form with age limits, deadlines, prizes, links, and descriptions. Very handy!

She put the chart together after we saw how long it took us to gather writing contest information online. We hope it will be a blessing to other homeschooling families.